Florida officials host workshop on medical marijuana plans

Medical Marijuana
Posted at 10:27 PM, Jul 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-08 07:55:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) State officials hosted a workshop on how to implement Florida's recently-signed medical marijuana law.

The Florida Department of Health hosted a workshop at the Betty Easley Conference Center in Tallahassee, to discuss procedures for implementing the new law.

Officials presented their plan for licensing medical marijuana dispensaries, including a lottery system for determining which businesses are eligible for licenses. 

The Department of Health will offer distribution rights to five regional dispensaries within the state.  Also in attendance were parents of disabled children, who potentially stand to benefit from treatments based on the Charlotte's Web strain of cannabis.

The issue of medical marijuana will also be on Florida ballots in November, when voters have a chance to weigh in on Amendment Two, legalizing additional forms of marijuana for medical use.  In order to be added to the state's constitution, the amendment must receive 60% approval.